ITV2 revives Big Brother with ‘all walks of life’ housemates

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Big Brother ITV2 is reviving original reality TV format, Big Brother, to launch on ITV2 and ITVX next year. 

The broadcaster says that the housemates will be selected from ‘all walks of life’ as they carry out tasks and vie to win public votes to remain in the iconic house. 

Big Brother first launched in the Netherlands in 1999; since then more than 500 series of the show have aired in around 64 regions.

The UK iteration first aired on Channel 4 and was considered to be a seminal social experiment within reality TV. It ran for 11 series, plus 7 series of Celebrity Big Brother, before moving to Channel 5, where it ran for 8 more series and 15 celebrity versions. It has been on hiatus since 2018.

Produced by Initial (part of Banijay UK), Big Brother first launched on UK screens in 2000. The new iteration has been commissioned by Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning & acquisitions and controller, ITV2, ITVBe & CITV, and Peter Tierney, commissioning editor. 

Mortimer said: “This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience. We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.” 

Natalka Znak, CEO of Initial, Remarkable Entertainment and Znak TV added: “Big Brother is the original and best reality format and one that I have never made before so it’s a huge privilege to be making an all new version with ITV2 and ITVX. Working with Claire O'Donohoe and the talented team at Initial, Katy Manley and Cat Lynch. This is going to be epic!”


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